PD Martin on researching and lock-picking

Phillipa (PD) Martin is the author of five crime fiction novels published in 13 countries. Her Sophie Anderson series - Body Count, The Murderers' Club, Fan Mail, The Killing Hands and Kiss of Death - met with international acclaim. In 2011 she moved into ebooks, releasing Coming Home, Hell's Fury and two novels for younger readers. What is it about crime ...

Spotlight On: Alec O’Halloran

This month’s Spotlight On feature author is Alec O’Halloran, a Sydney-based writer and researcher. Last year, Alec was awarded the Varuna House Publisher Introduction Program Fellowship. He was also a national finalist for the Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship in 2015. He recently completed his first book-length manuscript, a biography of Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, who passed away in 1998. Our intern, ...

Review: Creative Non-Fiction Festival 2017

Back in March NSW Writers' Centre was delighted to have 14-year-old high school student Grace Othman attend the Creative Non-Fiction Festival. We asked Grace to write about her experience of the day. The Creative Non-Fiction festival was the place to be on the 25th of March. It was a wonderful day for all readers, writers and anybody who finds an interest ...

Book Review: Sweeties by Leon Silver

One “ordinary Monday morning”, an image invades 67-year-old Abel Marvin’s thoughts as he swims his regular laps: the “twisted, burned-out hulk of a wheelchair with two welded, gaping red and black skeletons”. It’s a scene that’s haunted Abel for most of his adult life and he buries his face in the water to drown it. But Abel’s breathing becomes forced ...

Lisa Shanahan on the difficult art of restraint

Lisa Shanahan is an internationally published writer of picture books and fiction for young people. Some of her well-loved picture books include Gordon's Got a Snookie, and My Mum Tarzan. Her books Bear and Chook and Daddy's Having a Horse were both shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year for Early Childhood, which their sequel, Bear and Chook by ...

Book Review: The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy

What if you could talk to your loved ones from beyond the grave? Not through hoax séances and fake mediums, but through a real organisation, with real results? Would you reach out to your dead partner, son, or daughter? Eurydice, or Edie, works as a Body with the Elysian Society. Her job is to connect people with their dead loved ones ...

Research: Does it Ever End?

A highlight of the Creative Non-Fiction Festival was a panel on research, featuring a number of award-winning authors, journalists, and historians. The panellists spoke to Mark Dapin, author and columnist for the Good Weekend, about the pitfalls to avoid, the fickleness of interview subjects, and the thrill of unexpected discoveries.   On the role of research in one’s writing: ‘Research is behind absolutely ...

Recap: How to Get a Good Review

Have you ever wondered what goes into getting a good book review? Judith Whelan, a former editor for The Sydney Morning Herald, interviewed a panel of three industry insiders at the recent Creative Non-Fiction Festival to inquire about what reviewers like, how they best like it served, and how an author can go about getting their book reviewed at all. Stephen ...

What We’re Reading: May 2017

Each month the NSW Writers’ Centre staff share what we’ve been reading. This month includes Heather Rose's Stella Prize winning novel, The Museum of Modern Love, as well as Christine Piper's Vogel's Literary Award winning novel,  After Darkness. We've read a classic by Joseph Conrad, and a re-imagination of the fairytale classics in Danielle Wood's Mothers Grimm. And we've been reading stories ...

Kate J Armstrong on stepping out of her comfort zone and onto another planet

Kate J Armstrong writes and edits books about travel, nature, and adventures of all kinds. As editor, she's helped adventurers tell their stories in books like National Geographic's Everest: Mountain Without Mercy and special editions like The World's Most Beautiful Places. As writer, she's explored the wonder of national parks in National Geographic's Greatest Parks of the World. How did you ...

What We’re Reading: April 2017

Each month the NSW Writers’ Centre staff share what we’ve been reading. This month includes confronting but important stories of war by two Australian war-survivors, with Noël Zihabamwe’s One Thousand Hills and Deng Adut's story, Songs of a War Boy. Stories of dealing with cancer has also been a theme, with Luke Ryan's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way ...

First Friday Club with Joel Naoum

For this month’s First Friday Club, our Program Officer Ashley Kalagian-Blunt spoke to Joel Naoum of Critical Mass, a consulting business for authors and publishers. Prior to Critical Mass, Joel ran Momentum, the digital-first imprint for publishing house Pan Macmillan. At Momentum, Joel oversaw all stages of the publication process, from contract negotiation and editorial changes through to marketing and ...

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